Photo of the day: Eiffel Tower hit by flashmob

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Photo of the day: Eiffel Tower hit by flashmob
Eiffel Tower flash mob. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Hundreds of people descended on the Champs-de-Mars by the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday night as part of a huge flash mob. Find out what it was all in aid of.


A 500-strong flashmob danced in front of the Eiffel Tower at 8pm Wednesday night in a choreographed tribute to the 50th anniversary of civil right's activist Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.

Organised by Unesco as one of 17 international flashmobs around the world, in association with the American Embassy and SOS Racisme (a charity for fighting against racism in France), around 500 Parisians danced in front of the art installation the Wall of Peace (le Mur de la Paix) on the Champs-de-Mars in the 7th arrondissement. T

The dance, which lasted several minutes, was choreographed by Mourad Merzouki, director of the National Centre of Choreography in the paris suburb of Créteil.

“It’s more than just an opportunity to pay homage to this emblematic figure who fought for civil rights in the USA," an organiser of the event told Le Parisien newspaper. 

"It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the necessity to take action against hateful ideas which stop us living together in peace in our country."

King delivered the famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington on August 28th 1963 in front of 250,000 supporters.

by Naomi Firsht

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